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Metal News for February 18, 2005

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11 news articles posted on this day.

Anthrax To Do Sweden Rock

While there's still no official word from the band, European festivals continue to announce that the band will be appearing with the classic line-up of vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarists Scott Ian/Dan Spitz, bassist Frank Bello and drummer Charlie Benante. The latest is Sweden Rock, which happens in Solvesborg from June 9-11.

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Girlschool Confirmed For Motorhead 30th Anniv Show

Girlschool have been confirmed for the bill at Motorhead's 30th anniversary show. This happens at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on June 16.

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Hydrogyn Sign with Desert Rock Promotions

Ashland, Kentucky up-and-coming high-energy hard rock band Hydrogyn are the latest metal act to sign with Desert Rock Promotions management company.

The band is made up of knockout vocalist Julie Westlake, the blistering guitar team of guitarists Jeff Boggs and Jeff Westlake, the low end king bbassist Jason Fields and drummer extraordinare Jerry Lawson.

Hydrogyn is currently melting speakers and taking no prisoners during their live shows and are at the moment touring the Eastern United States to packed venues in support of its new cd, “Best Served with Volume”.

In a true marriage of two popular arts, Hydrogyn has released a new single called “Vesper’s Song,” inspired by a recently released graphic novel, “Vespers,” written and illustrated by NOW Comics’ founder and author Tony Caputo. A music video of the single is also in the early stages of development.

Hydrogyn is currently endorsed by Pepsi, Budweiser and Off The Rim (Racing Apparel) companies.

Band vocalist Julie Westlake will be featured in a new column titled "Julie Jolts" that will appear via Electric Basement webzine in late February 2005.

To read the latest Hydrogyn news, view their videos & download MP3 songs from their new cd, “Best Served with Volume”, visit the official band website at www.hydrogyn.com.

For additional Hydrogyn, Julie Westlake, Julie Jolts and Vesper's Song information, visit the following websites:
www.juliewestlake.com
www.electricbasement.com
www.nowcomics.com

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Anvil, Exciter, Vicious Rumors To Play Tradate

Tris of aces from USA for Cultural Association Orpheus: Anvil, Exciter and Vicious Rumors confirmed their shows at Tradate Iron Fest 2005! Finally 3 so much appreciated bands are back in Italy for really awsome gigs!

Other bands confirmed:
Brainstorm
Destruction
Eurosmith
Gotthard
Necrodeath
Pink Cream 69
Rage
Saxon
White Skull

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More Bands Confirmed For Gates Of Metal

Another three artists are presented by the Gates of Metal festival which takes place in Hultsfred, Sweden between the 5 and 6 of August.

The new artists are Children of Bodom, Nocturnal Rites and Twilightning. The festival has now confirmed eight artists to the third edition of Gates of Metal.

This years festival will expand and opens on the Friday evening with performances. This will also mean that there is going to be more artists performing at Gates of Metal 2005 than other years.

5000 tickets have been released, and foreign visitors can make their reservation at the official festival website. The website is now available in English as well.

Previously confirmed artists include: Edguy, Grave Digger, Amon Amarth, Dream Evil, God Among Insects.

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Kataklysm Video Nominated, MP3 Posted

Kataklysm's video clip for the track "As I Slither" (taken from the band's latest album "Serenity in Fire") will be featured on the upcoming DVD release of the Lions Gate movie "Alone in the Dark" (feat. Christian Slater, Stephen Dorf and Tara Reid).
Kataklysm has also been nominated at the MIMI Awards in Montreal for best international act. A complete list of the nominees can be found here.

In other news, the re-release of 1997's "Victims of this Fallen World" album is out now in the States, with a following release in Canada and Europe this March. Click here for an mp3 of the song "Courage Through Hope". The album was re-recorded with returning drummer Max Duhamel and remixed by guitarist J-F Dagenais.

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Chimaira Announce New Tour Dates With Trivium

Chimaira have booked a number of shows for April, the schedule looks as follows:
April 19th Toledo, OH - Headliner's (Feat. Trivium, Stemm, Dead Even)
April 20th Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall (Feat. Trivium, Stemm, Dead Even)
April 21st Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo Icon (Feat. Trivium, Stemm, The Killing)
April 23rd Worcester, MA - The Palladium (New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
April 24th Johnson City, NY - Magic City Music Hall (Feat. Trivium, Stemm, The Killing)
Currently the group are hard at work on their as-yet untitled new album for Roadrunner which will see a release this summer.

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Nine Inch Nails Guitarist Comments On New Tour

Former THE ICARUS LINE guitarist Aaron North spoke to Kerrang! magazine about his decision to leave the group and join NINE INCH NAILS.

"It felt like that band has run its course and it was time for me to do something else," he said. "Three weeks after quitting the band, I was asked to play with NINE INCH NAILS." North is currently in rehearsals with the band for their sold-out shows at London's Astoria on March 30 and 31. "They're going superb," said North. "The idea is to have a ton of material at our disposal, so each set can be radically different. Some of the die-hard NINE INCH NAILS fans may be surprised at some of the tunes attempted or reworked."

Although the 2005 band lineup of NINE INCH NAILS includes several new faces, drummer Jerome Dillon has kept his role as touring drummer since 1999. Dillon told Launch Radio Networks he never let founder Trent Reznor constantly changing the NIN roster faze him.

"I knew about the revolving door of membership of the band, but going into it, you know, I had a pretty clear idea of what it was that he was about, and knew that the direction of the band artistically and otherwise was, you know, 180 percent Trent Reznor," he said.

In other news, The NIN Hotline is reporting that Trent Reznor will be appearing on the BBC Radio One "Rock Show" for a "chat" on March 29 (the night before the first London Astoria gig) to answer questions and talk about the group's upcoming album, "With Teeth". For those not in the U.K., you will be able to tune in via the "Rock Show" web site between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. GMT (8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. EST).

"With Teeth", is scheduled for release in the U.S on May 3 (one day earlier internationally). The CD, which is said to be "more song-orientated" than 1999's "The Fragile", was recorded in part at Sound City Studio in Van Nuys, Ca., and features a guest appearance on drums by former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl. Mixing duties were handled by Alan Moulder (THE CURE, SMASHING PUMPKINS).

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Mudvayne Apologizes For Missed Virginia Show

Launch Radio Networks reports: MUDVAYNE has been on a "guerilla" club tour of the U.S. for the past several weeks and lead singer Chad Gray has been battling some sort of flu bug for most of that time. But it got the best of him in Springfield, Virginia on February 16, forcing the band to cancel that night's show. Gray said there is nothing he dislikes more than not being able to perform.

"The single worst thing that I hate, more than anything, is letting people down," he said. "Whether it be my band, whether it be a kid that was set to come to the show and excited about it and drove for ten minutes or drove for an hour. I mean, it's just unfortunate, but I just cannot — it just came to a boiling point, I went, 'We have got to stop.' But to the kids in Springfield, Virginia, I'm truly sorry, and thank you very much for understanding, I appreciate it."

The rest of the band stayed inside the club to meet fans and sign autographs, which drummer Matt McDonough said was the least they could do.

"When they announced the cancellation, we said, 'Hey anybody that wants to stick around, walk 'em in and we'll sign autographs and shake hands.' So basically we did a meet-and-greet with the whole concert," he said. "You can only say so much or do so much, but at least, you know, we wanted to put forth the gesture."

The band was scheduled to finish their current tour last night at CBGB in New York City.

MUDVAYNE's third major label album, "Lost And Found", is slated for release on April 12. The first single from the album, "Happy?", is shooting up the rock radio charts.

The band filmed a video earlier this week for "Happy?" which will utilize digital effects by Cause & f(x) Pictures, known for their work on "The Matrix Reloaded" and "X-Men".

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Megadeth Confirmed For UK Download Festival

Megadeth are the latest band to be linked to an appearance at the Download Festival, which happens from June 10-12 at Donington. The band have officially confirmed that they will be playing at one UK festival this Summer.

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Iommi/Hughes Will Tour

Glenn Hughes has confirmed that he and Tony Iommi are to tour later this year. The pair are currently working on a new, as yet untitled album, with drummer Kenny Aronoff completing the line-up. A Summer release is expected.

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